We're being a little sneaky tonight. Phil Schreck is celebrating 25 years with KSFY. We're going to show a story we've been working on....one Phil didn't know about.
In September of 1988, Phil Schreck came to KSFY to become the senior meteorologist. His previous stop was a TV station in eastern Iowa....viewers there knew him....as Phil Summers.
"I don't think I'd ever met a royals fan in person before. I didn't think they actually existed." Jeff Harkness is a former KSFY sports anchor. He and Phil were paired up with Tom Rooney and Kelli Eggers for Eyewitness News at 6 and 10. Harkness says Phil's success is no accident. Phil was good for Sioux Falls....and Sioux Falls was good for Phil. "Obviously Phil found himself here both professionally and personally with his family and everything with Kristie and all the kids and everything."
Phil met his wife Kristie here. and they have had five amazing kids: Jake, Maddy, Samantha, Gabe and Lucas. And Phil has shared his life with us.
"No one is better than Phil Schreck. So thank you Phil for being my friend and for being such a great aspect for KSFY." For 21 of Phil's 25 years, he has worked with Nancy Naeve. "Phil I miss seeing you at night. I miss going out on the road to do all those shows because whenever we would do those you would always get a little bite to eat before we did it and always always always you would have mustard or mayonnaise or something down your shirt when we would do the live shots and I miss that so very much about you."
"Some of the best laughs we've had in the studio when we're not on....Phil's got a great sense of humor." Our sports director, Erik Thorstenson, has worked side by side with Phil for 18 years. "His presentation is great. It's always been great. Phil's a guy that probably could have moved on years ago..gone to a bigger city...but he chose to stay here. He's got that trust. He's got the publics trust."
Phil has kept us safe through a lot of storms, but the one that may stand was "Tornado Tuesday" back in June of 2003. "Phil showed a lot of professionalism that day and I couldn't have found a better teammate to work that day. But just an overwhelming moment." Former KSFY meteorologist Patrick Griesgraber was also working that night. He shared the KSFY weather center with Phil for 12 years. "The character, the type of person he is...I think that what you see on television is what you see in real life."
And speaking of the KSFY weather center, how about a secret tour from someone who shares it with him now? Shawn Cable. "Back here, this is where Phil keeps all of his goodies. Usually a coffee cup, his earpiece, don't worry Phil I've never used it, none of my ear wax. Pictures from the kids hang on the wall here. It's all stuff you never get to see on TV. Back here, this is our little desk in our off air area....all kinds of Iowa State stuff....pictures of the kids."
And how about another Phil secret from former KSFY news anchor Katie Taube? "I am getting ready for the news Phil style. Phil, congratulations on your 25th anniversary. I am so glad that I had a chance to work with you."
And of all of us, only Paige Pearson can claim the title of working with Phil....after growing up watching him on KSFY. "He makes you feel good when you're watching him because he really seems to like the weather and but by the same token he also likes life and he doesn't want to frighten you about a storm. He's just gonna give it to you straight."
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